Music Appreciation

Course Details

Course Number: MUSC1033  Section Number: 201,202,204

Spring 2014

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: C111

Days & Times:

Sect 201: MWF 10:00

Sect 202 MWF 11:00

Sect. 204 MWF 9:30

Course Attachments


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Course Objectives

1.      To become familiar with musical terminology

2.      To become familiar with structure and form

3.      To be able to identify selected major works

4.      To investigate the unique characteristics and differences of each style period and of major composers

5.      To be able to recognize central musical characteristics of an unfamiliar work and to be able to identify the style period in which it was written

Course Expectations

Required Text:

Although the text, Listening to Western Music, by Craig Wright, publ by Cengage, 7th ed., can be purchased in hardcopy online or from a number of sources, only the CourseMate to this text is required. Through the CourseMate, you will have online access to the complete text as an ebook as well as other study guides including practice quizzes, most of the listening that will be covered in class, listening exercises, flash cards, streaming video, etc.  For the least expense and confusion, you are strongly encoured to purchase CourseMate for Listening to Western Music at the following address:  As of December 30, 2013 the price is $68.  If you lust after more challenge and frustration, alternatively, you can buy an access card at the bookstore or online.   Once you have the access card, you will also need to register your Access Card in the following manner.

1)     Go to

2)     In the top right-hand corner, click on “Sign Up” and complete registration process (or login if you are an existing CengageBrain customer)

3)     Register your CourseMate access code (this is the code listed on the card)

4)     Click on the link to CourseMate under “My Courses & Materials”

5)     You will be prompted to register a Course Key:  {INSERT COURSE KEY HERE- on next page}*

6)     If you experience any issues while registering your code or if you have any questions, please contact Cengage Learning’s technical support group at 1-800-354-9706 opt. 5 or visit


*The only course key for the 10:00 am MWF class is    CM-9781285096582-0000076

*The only course key for the 11:00 am MWF class is    CM-9781285096582-0000077

*The only course key for the 9:30 am TR class is           CM-9781285096582-0000078

Although there will be no required assignments in CourseMate, there are extra credit assignments available in CourseMate.  If you choose to complete extra credit assignments, note that they must be completed under the appropriate course key.  No assignments will be received if not sent directly to my Cengage online grade book based on the MSU class in which you enrolled.   If you are in the 10 am class, you must register in …76 and complete assignments in …76; if you are in the 11 am class, you must register in …77 and complete assignments in …77; if you are in the 9:50 class, you must register in ...78 and complete assignments in …78. If you do not, Cengage will not forward your work and I will have no way to know if you completed any optional extra credit work.  Not good.  Please use the correct number if you wish to receive credit for all assignments.

Optional Extra Credit Listening Exercises/Quizzes (7 exercises @ 70%=70 extra credit points):

Throughout the semester, there will be seven optional listening exercises taken from the text (see below and on the next page).  You may choose only seven from the list for extra credit.  If you score 70% or better on any exercise, you will receive an additional 10 points for each completed exercise. The total extra points will be added to your total points earned.  Conceivably, adding 70 points to your other earned points has the potential of raising your grade by two letters. Please note that only the exercises listed below can be used for extra credit. These exercises should be completed within a week following the exam covering the period in which the listening was discussed and will not be accepted more than two weeks after the exam.  Again, please note that you must complete these exercises within the course key that parallels your MSU enrollment. Please Follow these Instructions to register to be able to Complete your CourseMate Listening Exercise Assignments:

1)       Go to

2)       Login and click on the link to CourseMate under “My Courses & Materials”

3)       From the CourseMate home screen, select the assigned chapter from the “Chapter List” link.

4)       Select the assignment (i.e. Listening Exercises, Chapter Quiz, etc.)

5)       Click “Start”

6)       Complete assignment and click “Done”.  Assignment will be graded automatically and results will feed to instructor’s online grade book. 



1.         9.1       Vivaldi             Spring Concerto

2.         10.1     J.S. Bach          Organ Fugue

3.         10.2     J.S. Bach          Wachet auf, ruft uns stimme

4.         16.1     Mozart             Symphony #40

5.         16.2     Haydn              String Quartet

6.         18.2     Beethoven       Symphony #5

7.         20.1     Schubert          Der Erlkönnig

8.         21.1     Berlioz             Symphonie Fantastique

9.         21.3     Mussorgsky     Pictures at an Exhibition

10.       26.1     Brahms                        Violin Concerto


The FINAL  EXAM  possibly could include listening exercise 29.1 and/or 30.1.  Thus, regardless of whether you choose to complete any of the above, it would be wise to look at 29.1 & 30.1.


NOTE:  If you have trouble acquiring CourseMate or completing extra credit assignments, please contact   -and/or:

Shelly Northcutt

Cengage Learning Consultant - Philosophy, Religion, Social Work, Counseling, Anthropology, Music, & Theatre

(859) 657-4491 | (e) |

Toll Free:  1-800-513-1046 x74491


Course Schedule:

     (The following parts are listed in the table of contents from the required text. Exams dates are tentative(!) and will be confirmed approximately two class periods in advance.)

            Part I

Basic information on rhythm, melody, acoustics, hearing, perception, copyright, forms, instruments of the orchestra, and related terms. Exam I; Jan 30/31

            Part II and Part III

Brief discussion on Medieval and Renaissance music.  Majority of the time will be spent in the Baroque period covering vocal and instrumental forms along with stylistic characteristics of the period. Forms will include passacaglia, chaconne, recitative, aria, concerto grosso, cantata, oratorio, French overture, suite, trio sonata, as well as contrapuntal forms and the beginnings of opera.  Listening will include works by Monteverdi, Handel, J.S. Bach, and Vivaldi, as well as examples from Mexican Baroque literature.  Listening identification will be included on the exam. Exam II; Feb 20/21



            Part IV

The Classic period.   Covered material will include the music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven as well as general characteristics of the period.  Forms and genre, as well as listening ,will include the symphony, minuet and trio, sectional variations, concerto for solo and orchestra, opera and sonata form. Listening identification will be included on the exam.  Exam III; Mar 13/14

            Part V

Nineteenth Century Music, the Romantic Era.  General characteristics of the period will be introduced as well as the newer forms and genre including the character piece, program symphony, symphonic poem, tone poem, romantic opera, examples of piano literature, and the orchestral song.  In class listening will include the works of Schubert, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, Mussorgsky, Borodin, Brahms, Tschiakovsky, Richard Strauss, and Mahler.  Listening identification will be included on the exam.  Exam IV; April 14/15

            Part VI

Modern and post-modern Music.  With the many eclectic styles in the 20th and 21st century, this era will be approached historically by style.  After an introduction of Impressionism, twentieth century stylistic characteristics will include primitivism, expressionism, futurism or machine music, experimental music, serial technique, neo nationalism, neo romanticism, and neo classicism. The avant garde will include ultra rational, indeterminate, aleatory, as well as quotation music and minimalism.  There will be no listening identification for this period and no separate exam.  Questions covering this period will be included on the final.   


            10 am MWF (201)      Wednesday, May 7 at 10:30 am in C-111

            11 am MWF (202)      Monday, May 5 at 10:30 am in C-111

            9:30 am TR (204)       Tuesday, May 6 at 8:00 am in C-111

Current Email Addresses

Please keep your email address with the university up-to-date.  The email you listed when you applied to the university is available to instructors under the class in which you enrolled until you complete an email change. There are times when I need to contact the entire class or to send out a timely notice and an up-to-date email is helpful to all

Grading Standards

Unit Exams

Scantrons (50 questions per side) and a number two pencil will be required for all exams including the final exam.

Final Exam

Although cancelled classes may necessitate a change, the final exam most likely will include questions covering Part VI as well as a listening exam covering the Baroque, classic, and romantic periods.  You will be expected to identify characteristics in each example which will indicate the style period in which the work was written.  

Semester Grading:

Attendance (3 or less unexcused absences)                                         25 points

Exams (best three out of four exams)                                                  300 points

Final Exam                                                                                         200 points

                                                                                                          525 total points

The actual final grade submitted will be points earned ÷ 525.  For example:

A= 90-100% (468-525 points);            B=80-89% (416-467 points); C=70-79% (363-415 points);  

D=60-69% (311- 362  points);             F= 0-59% (0-310points)

The extra credit, if any, will be added to your total points.  If one was to earn 400 points (C) and complete 7 listening exercises, the total points would be 470 points or an A which will raise the final grade by two letters.

Submission Format Policy

Submission of extra credit listening exercises must be submitted online and available to me through the publisher's grade book.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Extra credit exercises are due up to two weeks following a unit exam.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

“Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes for which they are enrolled.” (Student Handbook, p. 39)  Excused absences are recognized for illness and university business.  Other absences are unexcused.  Personal and family emergencies are generally not excused however three absences are permitted and may be used for these emergencies.  Those who have three or less absences (MWF) or two absences (TR) will earn an additional 25 points as indicated under grading above.

Other Policies

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Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.